Saturday, March 07, 2009

Bored - Bring On The Lost Book Club

March 7, 2009

I don't do bored well. Especially when it's injury-inflicted boredom.

Last night I wished for the chicken pox or the respiratory flu - something to completely wipe out the restlessness. (This is where you say keep your chin up girlfriend! You'll be on the mend soon! You'll be able to recreate with the rest - just be faithful! Or at least this is where I say that and pretend you are.)

Spouse and Yahoo #1 went skiing today. Yahoo #2 and I are still in our PJs watching Handy Manny. I'm wishing for the cartoon giants of my childhood and the Yahoo is staring at the tube with one hand tucked in his trousers. Why do the dudes do that?

First I ventured over to Megan's blog aka Remarks From Sparks, to see if she had posted anything new. I like Megan. She holds a special place in my heart. Haven't met her, but hope to someday - should the planets cooperate.

There was nothing new at the Casa de Sparks so I decided to read her comments. Using my special-force detective work, I learned that Megan's Mother reads her blog AND make comments. My mom doesn't read my blog.

Boredom turned to jealously.

Somebody smart once told me that jealousy was the mind's way of motivating. It means you want something. Figure out what that is and do something about it.

So what do I want right now? [Long thoughtful pause interrupted by Mini Mouse singing Hot Dog Hot Dog Hot Diggity Dog]

I think I want to read. I'll finish the last ten pages of Confessions Of An Ugly Stepsister. Then what? For the first time in about a year I'm not particularly anxious about what to read next.

Then it occurred to me. That goofy show Lost? They have a book club! Many episodes mention a book title or show someone reading a classic. If they throw a book around in any given episode, there's a reason. I will find that reason!

I wiki'd the the Lost book list. Rome was not built in a day. Neither was the Lost book list.

I have a new obsession.

Here's the List:

Season 1
Island – Arthur Huxley
Walden Two – BF Skinner
Alice In Wonderland – Lewis Carrol
Heart Of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
Watership Down – Richard Adams
Lord of the Flies – William Golding
A Wrinkle In Time – Madeleine L'Engle
Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone – JK Rowling
Memoirs of a Geisha – Arther Golden

Season 2
Bluebeard – Charles Perrault
An Egg Workout: Exercises in Arrythmia Interpretation – Jane Huff
Dirty Work – Stuart Woods
High Hand – Gary Phillips
Rainbow Six – Tom Clancy
The Third Policeman – Flann O'Brien
The Turn of the Screw – Henry James
After All These Years – Susan Isaacs
Hindsights: The Wisdom And Breakthrough of Remarkable People
An Occurrence at Owl Creek Bridge – Ambrose Bierce
Bad Twin – Gary Troup
Lancelot – Walker Percy
The Brothers Karamazov – Fyodor Dostoyevsky
Are You There God, It's Me Margaret – Judy Blume
Musset: Poesies completes, Tome 1 – Alfred de Musset
Little Red Riding Hood – The Brothers Grimm
Our Mutual Friend – Charles Dickens

Season 3
A Tale of Two Cities – Charles Dickens
Carrie – Stephen King
Of Mice and Men – John Steinbeck
A Brief History of Time – Stephen Hawking
Laughter in the Dark – Vladimir Nabokov
Stranger in a Strange Land – Robert A. Heinlein
The Fountainhead – Ayn Rand
Evil Under the Sun – Agatha Christie
Jurassic Park – Michael Crighton
Catch-22 – Joseph Heller
The Oath – John Lescroart
Afro-Asian world: A cultural understanding – Edward Kolevzon
The Coalwood Way – Homer Hicklam
The Stone Leopard – Colin Forbes
Through the Looking Glass – Lewis Carroll

Season 4
On The Road – Jack Kerouac
The Invention of Morel – Adolfo Bioy Caseres
Valis – Phillip K. Dick
Slaughterhouse Five – Kurt Vonnegut
Survivors of the Chancellor – Jules Verne


tom lindsey said...

It took the writers until season 3 to get to Ayn Rand? I assume you have already read this one-- you might like the Gary Cooper movie. Season two has a lot of duds but if you like Dostoyevsky try "The Possessed" or my favorite "Notes Underground".

FYI-- I am reading two books that you may like: From zero to infinity. What makes numbers interesting by Constance Reid and One to Nine by Andrew Hodges.

meg said...

I'm with Tom. The Fountainhead is my second favorite book. My favorite is Atlas Shrugged, and considering it's plot and themes and thinking of Lost, I'm not quite sure how they left that one out.

You flatter me.

And how cool is this: not only does my mom read all our blogs (Whit blogs, I do, Cat blogs, Mal does, and Haley posts about once every three months) AND has her own that she posts on five days a week. Like Rookie and myself. Ain't bloggin' great?

Love to read. Should join your little book club.

Julia said...

Wow! Happy reading. I hope your injury heals up soon. I should probably bring you dinner to heal up you maximus. :)

Jessica said...

You made my day with this. Somehow I hadn't read this post. I'm still working through your archives. You know, just getting to know you in a stalker-like way.